Georgia v. JacksonAnnotate this Case
A mistrial was granted in the murder case against Monquez Jackson. The trial court found that the prosecutor’s closing argument included an improper comment on matters not in evidence. After making extensive findings that the prosecutor made that improper comment intentionally in hopes that the comment would lead to a mistrial, and thus an opportunity to retry the case, the trial court determined that double jeopardy prohibited the State from retrying Jackson. The State appealed. The Georgia Supreme Court concluded the trial court did not abuse its considerable discretion in granting the mistrial. The Supreme Court also concluded that the trial court’s factual findings supported its jeopardy ruling, and that those findings had to stand given the deference afforded to them.